The United States finally gets a small Chevy diesel with the introduction of the 2014 Chevrolet Cruze Clean Turbo Diesel at the 2013 Chicago Auto Show. This baby packs a 148 horsepower, 2-liter turbo diesel that makes an impressive 258 lbs-feet or torque. The only transmission available is a six-speed automatic transmission. According to General Motors, this is the cleanest diesel passenger car engine that they have ever produced.
Prices start at $25,695 which puts it into Volkswagen Jetta Diesel territory – the 2014 Chevrolet Cruze Clean Turbo Diesel’s main rival.
“The compact sedan’s new 2.0L turbo-diesel engine produces segment-leading estimated 148 horsepower (110 kW) and estimated 258 lb-ft torque (350 Nm) with 0-60 performance of 8.6 seconds, which is better than the Volkswagen Jetta TDI automatic and competitive with German diesel cars that dominate the U.S. market.
Cruze Clean Turbo Diesel’s emissions will be below stringent U.S. environmental standards including Tier 2 Bin 5 emissions standards.” – – GM Media
The 2014 Chevrolet Cruze Clean Turbo Diesel is estimated to get up to 42 mpg highway.
Other upgrades for the 2014 Chevrolet Cruze Clean Turbo Diesel include a rear spoiler, aero performance package, leather-appointed seating, 800 cold-cranking amps battery, 17-inch alloy wheels, ultra-low-rolling resistance all-season tires, four-wheel antilock disc brakes, 3.20 final drive ratio and 140-amp alternator.
I still marvel at the 258 lb-ft of torque…
The Chevy Cruze is one of GM’s few surprising success stories. They have already sold over two million and I’m not surprised – it’s a damn good little car.
Stay tuned for updates about the 2014 Chevrolet Cruze Clean Turbo Diesel!
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